Here in the Columbia River Gorge, we have many rivers to keep even the most skilled boaters coming back for more. Some of the best paddlers in the world call this area their home. Tao Berman, Nate and Heather Herbeck and Christie Glissmeyer just to name a few, live within a few miles of the Green Truss section of the White Salmon River. This section is home to the Gorge Games down river race and many other races. The rest of the river is filled with sections for all skill levels. That is just one river of the many we are blessed with in this region.

Other rivers worth mentioning are the Clackamas River, home to the upper Clackamas River Whitewater Festival in the spring and the East Fork of the Lewis River, home of the Northwest Creeking Competition. Rumor has it that Canyon Creek is back after begin shut down for the last few years due to a landslide blocking the put in. The Hood River is a great river for folks who are just starting to creek and want a continuous creeky style river.

Mark Morris High School Demo Day

About a month ago I took an ACA certification course with Sam Drevo at Enrg Kayaking. While I was there I met a lot of amazing people. One who I connected with right away was Cheri Holman. Cheri was very exuberant and all about getting people into the sport. I shared...

Saltwood Paddles “Habit”.

A couple weeks ago, we were heading back from a trip down the White Salmon from BZ Corner to the Columbia when we heard all of our paddles come off the top of our car while we were driving down I-84. My wife quickly got us in the breakdown lane and I got our of the...

Oregon Whitewater Association Youth Summer 2013 Newsletter

    FEATURED YOUTHS   I recently helped organize the World Kayak Family Fun Day on the beautiful White Salmon River and met some awesome kids. Amedeo is 10 years old and he enjoyed the day with his parents and his sister Aurora who is 7 years old. Both these kids were...

White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium

This coming Wednesday, July 10th, Wet Planet will be hosting their 8th annual Riverfest and Symposium. The day will kick off with a community rafting trip, hosted by Wet Planet in partnership with other local outfitters. This affordable, $20 raft trip is designed for...

Family fun with the Kayak Shed, Wet Planet and the Oregon Rafting Team

When I walked in to the Kayak Shed and met John Hart for the first time 8 years ago, I never dreamed that him and I would partner up a few years later to help intoduce people to paddling. But with the help of Jaco and Todd and their crew at Wet Planet and Tim "Timber"...

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